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Advocacy Alert: We Need Your Help!

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Please visit our advocacy page below to find out how you can advocate for humanities and speak out against the recently proposed elimination of the NEH in the federal budget. 

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2017 One Book SD

The 2017 One Book South Dakota is "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the 2017 One Book South Dakota.

Apply to host a One Book South Dakota Discussion.


  1. I am a Lakota woman. I was born and raised in South Dakota; I have lived and worked as an author and educator in South Dakota; I am also a part of the humanities in South Dakota. Continue Reading

  2. Take an example of something you like to do, that adds value or meaning to your life, and ask yourself: why is this thing that I like important? How do you answer the question? Your answer—whatever it ends up being—is the humanities. Continue Reading

  3. My dad likes to tell the story of a favorite teacher who told students that goldfish don’t mind living in small fish bowls because their brains are very small, and every time they swim around the bowl, it’s a new experience. Continue Reading

  4. So what about us as humans? It is our nature to ask that question, and so the humanities exist. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

2:00 pm | Custer County Courthouse Annex Pine Room
5:30 pm | South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
9:00 am | Black Hills State University
9:30 am | Black Hills State University
2:00 pm | USD, Churchill Haines Classrom Bldg, Room 101
5:30 pm | Jackson County Library
4:30 pm | Beulah Williams Library

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

It’s technology married with liberal arts, humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.
- Steve Jobs (the late founder and CEO, Apple)